Let Nothing Go Down the Drain

“Who wants to become a writer? And why? Because it’s the answer to everything. … It’s the streaming reason for living. To note, to pin down, to build up, to create, to be astonished at nothing, to cherish the oddities, to let nothing go down the drain, to make something, to make a great flower out of life, even if it’s a cactus.”
Enid Bagnold

I’m reading yet another article this morning about time management for writers, something I can’t seem to grasp, even though I’ve heard it and read it hundreds of times over the years. An hour a day, a paragraph a day, a sentence a day, three pages a day, morning pages, set a timer…every writer has their ritual or habit that has brought them success. I tend to wait for the muse, I know, not effective. I’m working on it.

What’s your resistance? You’re wasting your time, you are too busy, your favorite TV show is on, you’ve worked hard all day and you deserve the downtime? You should spend the time with your family. Or go to the gym. You should pay your bills, clean your office, your house, your car. You’re not a real writer anyways. Writers can come up with so many creative excuses. If you don’t already have one; how will you develop a writing habit in 2016? Do you know when your best time to write is?

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2 thoughts on “Let Nothing Go Down the Drain

  1. These are the magic set of circumstances that work for me, unless my life is on fire with sickness or major work emergencies:
    ~ An hour a day in the morning before everything else (except for breakfast and coffee)
    ~ Having a project that I'm working on so that I don't spend the first 30 minutes wondering what to work on
    ~ Letting myself spend 10 minutes reading other people's stuff to get in the right head space
    ~ Deciding each morning if my energy is best matched to creating or editing.
    ~ Having different time for researching. This is good for me after work while I'm watching TV.
    ~ Tracking each day with a "don't break the chain" approach. https://chains.cc/ works great for this!

    Of course, life interferes sometimes. Sometimes for weeks on end. I don't beat myself up about that anymore. But I do look at that empty chain every day and know that it will help compel me to get going again!

    I think the real trick is coming up with the rules/guidelines/environment that works for YOU! Happy to see you writing again, my friend.

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